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Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism

The Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism – Remember-ReAct – was held on 13 October 2021. The participants included heads of state and government, international organisations and social media platforms, all invited by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. The programme focused on four main themes: Holocaust remembrance; Holocaust education; Antisemitism on social media platforms; and Combating antisemitism and other forms of racism in all spheres of life. During the conference, many concrete pledges were made to strengthen Holocaust remembrance efforts and to combat racism.

  • Outcome Document - Pledges to the Malmö Forum Remember – ReAct

    Participants at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct
    Participants at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct Photo: Sören Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

    At the invitation of Stefan Löfven the participating delegations of the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism – Remember ReAct have made pledges. The pledges made by the participants will be followed up during the upcoming Swedish Presidency of the IHRA.

  • Documentation of the Malmö Forum

    Tre personer sitter på en scen, i förgrunden syns publik.
    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Dina Rajs during Plenary Session I . Mikael Sjöberg/Government Offices of Sweden

    The Plenary Sessions, Breakout Sessions and the Doorstep as well as the submitted pledge videos can be watched on the YouTube channel of the Malmö Forum.

  • View the Malmö International Forum at your convenience

    Statsminister Stefan Löfven står vid en talarstol.
    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven speaks during Plenary Session II – ReAct. Mikael Sjöberg/Government offices of Sweden

    You can view the entire programme from 13 October on demand at your convenience, including the Plenary Sessions, Breakout Sessions and the Press Conference.

  • Photos from the Malmö Forum

    • Illustration: Government offices

    • Professor, Yehuda Bauer, is greeted on stage by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, in Malmö

      Professor Yehuda Bauer is greeted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, in Malmö on October 13, 2021.

      Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government offices of Sweden

    • Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism hosted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Malmö

      Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism hosted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Malmö on October 13, 2021.

      Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government offices of Sweden

    • Acting Head of Delegation - Minister of Dispora Affairs, Israel, Nachman Shai at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, in Malmö

      Acting Head of Delegation - Minister of Dispora Affairs, Israel, Nachman Shai at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, in Malmö on October 13, 2021.

      Sören Andersson/Government offices of Sweden

    • Miranda Vuolasranta, President European Roma and Travellers Forum, arrives at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, hosted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Malmö

      Miranda Vuolasranta, President European Roma and Travellers Forum, arrives at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, hosted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Malmö on October 13, 2021.

      Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government offices of Sweden

    • Jordana Cutler, Facebook, arrives at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, hosted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Malmö

      Jordana Cutler, Facebook, arrives at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, hosted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Malmö on October 13, 2021.

      Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government offices of Sweden

    • Jean-Damascène Bizimana, Minister of National Unity and Civic Engagement , Rwanda, arrives at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, hosted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Malmö

      Jean-Damascène Bizimana, Minister of National Unity and Civic Engagement , Rwanda, arrives at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, hosted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Malmö on October 13, 2021.

      Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government offices of Sweden

    • Pedro Pina, Google  at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, hosted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Malmö

      Pedro Pina, Google at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, hosted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Malmö on October 13, 2021.

      Photo: Mikael Sjöberg/Government offices of Sweden

    • Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth, Germany, arrives at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, hosted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Malmö

      Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth, Germany, arrives at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember – ReAct, hosted by Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Malmö on October 13, 2021. Magnus Liljegren/Government offices of Sweden

      Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government offices of Sweden

    Photos from the arrival of the guests and participants of the Malmö Forum on Wednesday morning 13 October.

  • Sweden's pledges at the Malmö Forum

    Löfven inside at the museum
    Prime Minister Stefan Löfven visits the Jewish Museum in Stockholm. Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

    Sweden will assume the Presidency of the IHRA from March 2022 to the end of February 2023. This was Sweden’s first pledge in connection with the Malmö Forum. Pledges presented at the Malmö Forum will be followed up during the Swedish Presidency. The ambition of the Swedish Government is to implement the measures in this article and allocate a total amount of approximately EUR 9.3 million/year.

  • Interview with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven – “We all have a duty to stand up against antisemitism”

    Prime minister Stefan Löfven inside Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel.
    On 22–23 January 2020, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven visited Jerusalem to participate in the World Holocaust Forum to honour the victims of the Holocaust and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The memorial ceremony took place on 23 January at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Israel. Photo: Marie Soläng/The Government Offices

    What does Prime Minister Stefan Löfven hope that the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism will result in, and what has Sweden pledged to do? Interview with Stefan Löfven ahead of the Malmö International Forum, which will take place on 13 October.

Background

In January 2020 Prime Minister Stefan Löfven extended an invitation to heads of state and government, researchers, experts and civil society representatives from around 50 countries to participate in the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, Remember ReAct. The purpose of the Forum is to jointly take concrete steps forward in the work on Holocaust remembrance and the fight against antisemitism.

The Forum was to take place in October 2020, 75 years after the end of the Second World War and the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The year 2020 also marked 20 years since the first Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, and the establishment of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Due to the unfortunate circumstances of the current pandemic the Prime Minister has announced that the Malmö Forum has been postponed one year. The invitation still stands and the Forum will take place in Malmö on 13 October 2021.

News

Minister for Education  Anna Ekström, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and  Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport Amanda Lind.
Minister for Education Anna Ekström, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport Amanda Lind. Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

Swedish Holocaust Museum to be established

Today, 27 January, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Government has announced that a Swedish Holocaust museum is to be established in July 2022 and will be located in Stockholm.

Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

The Expert Group of the Malmö Forum holds its first meeting

On 10 March 2021 the Expert Group of the Malmö Forum held its first meeting. The group will serve in an advisory capacity to the Secretariat of the Malmö Forum regarding the content of the programme of the Forum. Anna Ekström, Minister for Education, opened the meeting and stressed the importance of the coming Forum and how this will work as a catalyst for increased action for Holocaust remembrance, education and for actions to combat antisemitism.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven Photo: Kristian Pohl/Government Offices Of Sweden

Stefan Löfven on pledges at the Malmö Forum

Participating delegations are asked to commit to concrete actions and present them at the Malmö Forum. We call these commitments pledges. To clarify what we mean by a pledge in this context, and as a source of inspiration, we will invite various experts to present proposals regarding pledges, says Stefan Löfven in a short film.

Annika Ben David, Ambassador for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law and Head of Sweden's delegation to the IHRA.
Annika Ben David, Ambassador for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law and Head of Sweden's delegation to the IHRA. Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

Sweden to lead the work of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in 2022–23

Sweden has been entrusted with holding the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) from 1 March 2022 until 28 February 2023. The decision was taken at the IHRA’s digital plenary meeting in Leipzig on 3 December 2020.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and minister for Education, Anna Ekström at the The Swedish History Museum
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Education Anna Ekström at the The Swedish History Museum. Photo: Ninni Andersson, Government Offices

National initiative to increase knowledge about the Holocaust and antisemitism

In connection with the Government’s International Forum for Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, the Government is allocating SEK 10 million to a national initiative to increase knowledge in schools and society.

State Secretary Kristina Persdotter with representatives of civil society organisations.
State Secretary Kristina Persdotter with representatives of civil society organisations. Photo: Government Offices

Hearing with representatives of civil society organisations

The 26 February State Secretary Kristina Persdotter hosted a hearing for representatives of civil society organisations.

The programme

  • The programme

    Using an interactive approach and with a firm historical basis, the programme will focus on the four main themes: 1. Holocaust remembrance, 2. Holocaust education, 3. Antisemitism on social media platforms and 4. Combating antisemitism and other forms of racism in all spheres of life

  • Holocaust remembrance

    Today few survivors can still bear witness to the horrors of the Holocaust. We must reflect on the consequences of the diminishing number of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. We have an international obligation to ensure that future generations understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect on its consequences.

  • Holocaust education

    Education about the Holocaust in our schools, universities and other institutions can promote tolerance and respect, and prevent and combat antisemitism and other forms of racism. Pupils, students, teachers and society as a whole should acquire not only knowledge about history, but also the abilities needed for active citizenship in a democratic society.

  • Antisemitism on social media platforms

    Antisemitism, defamation, propaganda, conspiracy theories and incitement to hatred or violence remain widespread and are often disseminated via social media platforms. There is a need to address the role of social media platforms in this context and – at the same time – improve users’ media literacy.

  • Combating antisemitism and other forms of racism in all spheres of life

    Antisemitism is a concern for society as a whole and can be a symptom of an eroding democracy. The Holocaust was driven by antisemitism and hatred against Jews, but it affected not only Jews but the whole society. Contemporary antisemitism exists in many forms and prospers in different environments. It lives in symbiosis with other forms of racism. There is a need to broaden our understanding of antisemitism in the world today and fight all its forms as well as other forms of racism.

  1. The programme
  2. Holocaust remembrance
  3. Holocaust education
  4. Antisemitism on social media platforms
  5. Combating antisemitism and other forms of racism in all spheres of life

About

Background

In May 1998, on the eve of the new millennium, Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the President of the United States Bill Clinton agreed to set up a Task Force to promote international cooperation on Holocaust education, remembrance and research.

Participants

Participants will include heads of state or government from member and observer countries of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), EU Member States, the Nordic countries and a small number of other countries and IHRA Permanent International Partners.

Envisaged outcome

The envisioned outcome of the Forum – in addition to reaffirming the Stockholm Declaration and the 2020 IHRA Ministerial Declaration – is concrete action furthering the work within the themes of the Forum.

Combating antisemitism in Sweden

A range of measures to combat antisemitism and increase security have been implemented and are ongoing. The measures are carried out both by the Government and by government agencies on behalf of the Swedish Government. For example, in connection with the forum, the Government intends to implement a national initiative that will include schools. Some other measures are outlined here.

National plan to combat racism, similar forms of hostility and hate crime

National plan to combat racism, similar forms of hostility and hate crime The overarching objective of this plan is strategic, effective and coherent work to combat racism, similar forms of hostility and hate crime in Sweden.

The city of Malmö

The city of Malmö has extended an invitation to host the Forum. The city and the surrounding region have special historical links to the Holocaust. Jews who fled across the Öresund strait between Denmark and Sweden during World War II came to Malmö.

The venue of the Malmö Forum is set to be Malmömässan.

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